Last week brought us the first day of Summer! With that, comes my “annual” reminders for “sun safety” for all … we all want to enjoy the “sun and fun” associated with the summer season; however, we also need to be responsible and follow some simple safety measures to protect our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
NIH’s National Cancer Institute reminds us to limit the amount of time spent out in the sun … especially during the mid-morning and late afternoon … this is a recommendation for people of all ages and skin tones. While skin cancer is more common among individuals with lighter skin tones, all people, no matter their skin tone, can develop skin cancer.
Highlighted in the NCI’s “Risk Factors” webpage titled “Sunlight”, are the following tips and reminders for all of us to review and incorporate into our regimen when spending time outdoors:
Follow these tips to protect your skin from sunlight:
- Wear a hat with a wide brim all around that shades your face, neck, and ears. Baseball caps and some sun visors
protect only parts of your skin.
- Wear sunglasses that block UV radiation to protect the skin around your eyes.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants. Tightly woven, dark fabrics are best. Some fabrics are rated with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The higher the rating, the greater the protection from sunlight.
- Use sunscreen products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. (Some doctors suggest using a product
with an SPF of at least 30.) Apply the product’s recommended amount to uncovered skin 30 minutes before
going outside, and apply again every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Keep in mind that the sun’s rays…
- are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- can go through light clothing, windshields, windows, and clouds
- are reflected by sand, water, snow, ice, and pavement
Also provided by the NCI are additional related resources for further skin care protection:
Please enjoy your summer season … however, be safe and healthy with your sun protection decisions … for yourself, your family and friends!